The Oak Grove Youth Rodeo. It’s usually held once a year (in this case June 19 at Frick Park Arena in Oak Grove) and it offers area youth the opportunity to participate in rodeo events and, as the Oak Grove Youth Rodeo Club states, “to keep young people involved in an activity where drugs and alcohol are not allowed, and at the same time, give them guidance and instruction in the sport.”

What is it?

The Oak Grove Youth Rodeo. It’s usually held once a year (in this case June 19 at Frick Park Arena in Oak Grove) and it offers area youth the opportunity to participate in rodeo events and, as the Oak Grove Youth Rodeo Club states, “to keep young people involved in an activity where drugs and alcohol are not allowed, and at the same time, give them guidance and instruction in the sport.” This year’s event was sanctioned by the Christian Youth Rodeo Association. It was the rodeo’s 19th year.



What is its aim?

Nick Robbins, president of the nonprofit Christian Youth Rodeo Association, said there are about 75 active young people in the group.

“They range from 4 to 19 years old,” Robbins said. “That’s a pretty good number, but we try an instill in each child a Christian viewpoint and attitude. It’s about family values.”

An event like the Oak Grove Youth Rodeo, put on by the Oak Grove Youth Rodeo Club, is unique from other youth rodeos, he said, because every child in every category makes it to the finals.

“Many rodeos...judges or panels pick 10 or 15 kids to go into the finals,” he said. “But our events involve all the kids.”

President for two years and a past board member, Robbins didn’t participate in rodeos as a kid himself, but his son started as early as 5. CYRA is based in Ottawa, Kan., and typically the organization sanctions events within a 100-radius.

“We have a lot of members in Missouri, but we still want to get there more than we do,” he said.

Robbins said from what he heard, the Oak Grove rodeo was   a success – even with the heavy downpour earlier in the day.



What kind of events?

Mutton busting, dummy roping, calf riding, goat tying, barrel racing, pole bending, bareback riding, steer riding, bareback bronc, bull riding, chute dogging and others.



Is there a school for it?

If interested in attending a rodeo school, there’s Homestead Rodeo Schools, 2631 Butler Road, Richmond, KS, 66080. The phone number is 785-835-6654.



Online resources

Visit www.ogyrc.com or www.christianyouthrodeoassociation.com for more information about area events and contact numbers.



What’s coming up?

Two Fun Shows remain at Frick Arena in Oak Grove for 2010. Both are at 7 p.m., one on August 7 and another on Sept. 18.

Events include barrel race, boot race, egg and spoon race, flag race, hangman race, keyhole race, magazine race, and pole bending.